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  • An Anonymous Girl

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive, and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr Shields may know what she’s thinking...and what she’s hiding. As Jess’ paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real in her life and what is one of Dr Shields’ manipulative experiments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this

  • By Konstantinos on 01-01-19

It was alright

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

This is interesting enough a listen, I guess I was expecting a bigger ending, a more dramatic ending and felt let down when there wasn't one. A fairly decent book though, pulls you in at the beginning. I would say the beginning keeps you more interested than the end and by the end you are finishing the book for the sake of finishing it rather than rushing to the end because you NEED to know what is going to happen.

One narrator is very off putting and it can be confusing trying to figure out who they were supposed to be and it took me a while to get use to the very robotic voice.

Not bad, I don't think this will set anyone's world on fire but a decent listen for a dreary week in January.

  • A Head Full of Ghosts

  • By: Paul Tremblay
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

The lives of the Barretts, a suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia. To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to halt Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly mad and deeply disturbing

  • By Kaggy on 30-03-18

So disappointing. Really about nothing.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I picked this book based on the comment on the front cover by Stephen King.

However I spent all of this book wondering when it was going to get good, or disturbing or any of the other descriptions from the reviews below. However I have to say this was one of the most underwhelming and disappointing books I have listened to, to date.

I cannot say a bad word about the narrator, I think she did a great job, however the content was just drab.

  • The Good Samaritan

  • By: John Marrs
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Charlotte Cole, Matthew Lloyd Davies, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die. Laura hasn’t had it easy: she's survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn't love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it. But now someone’s on to her - Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Problem Like Laura

  • By Simon on 21-04-18

Surprised me!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-09-18

This is the second John Marrs book I have listened to, with The One being the other book, that was about a year and a half ago.

I loved this book, and just when I thought the main character Laura couldn't get any worse, she went and surprised me again and again. She could ready give Rhiannon from the Sweetpea books a reason to cross the street if she seen Laura coming and that is saying something!

This is a truly unputdownable book, my other half stayed up until 3am one night just to finish it and its the first book I have seen him read in years. This book has since spread like wildfire through my family, and not a single person has said anything other than "absolutely fantastic."

My only criticism of the audio (my other half actually read the book so didn't experience this) is the male narrators are a little bit grating, but Laura is narrated flawlessly. This is truly worth your time and an audible credit. Enjoy!

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

A very good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-18

This was an enjoyable read. Good pace, good narration, and a good story. It does work as a stand-alone, but there are references which I didn’t get as I hadn’t read the books that came before. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller. I know from the reviews that the twist at the end was a big shock to some, but to me it felt a little forced and tacked on. Didn’t take away from my enjoyment of my book as a whole however.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

An Unexpected Gem!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-18

First off let me just admit something, I have many many audio books, and thousands of books at home. You might say I am the bookworms bookworm! That being said I like to try books every so often purely off the weight of the reviews. This book was one of those books.

I was gripped from the start with this book. I couldn't binge listen to it due to general life busyness but I could not wait to get back to this and on occasion jumped up to walk the dog, even though it wasn't my turn and it was raining, so that I could get some more of this book in. It is so well written, such an interesting idea and the main character is so well written and developed. Easily one of my favourite books of all time, and that is saying something.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and you will not be disappointed if you pick this one. Special mention needs to go to the narrator, he does a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life.

My only word of caution is that the book is not as long as advertised, the last hour and a half is the author and then an extract from another one of his books.

Loved it, absolutely loved it.

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  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

Who says you can't run away from your problems? Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the post: it is from an ex-boyfriend of nine years who is engaged to someone else. Arthur can't say yes - it would be too awkward; he can't say no - it would look like defeat. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable. Less is definitely moreish.

  • By bookylady on 06-02-19

A nice book - thats all I can say

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I think that being the Pulitzer Prize winner means that you go into this book with very high expectations but I am not sure that it lived up to the, probably, uninvited hype. Don't get me wrong its a nice story about a man named Arthur Less who travels the world to avoid dealing with his ex boyfriends wedding and meets strangers and friends along the way . It is well written, the characters enjoyable and a very good narrator, but I am not sure this book had the impact that I expected it to. Its a nice book, I'm afraid that is all I can say. I didn't laugh, I didn't cry, but I did listen to the whole book through and was left thinking 'yeah that was ok.'

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end

  • By JGC on 18-01-18

Enjoyable enough

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

There is nothing life changing or offensive about this book. I found Getting Rid of Matthew to be good so read this off the back of that book, but it very much feels like more of the same. An enjoyable enough read if you are looking for something to pass the time but nothing special here.

  • Gods Behaving Badly

  • By: Marie Phillips
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Being immortal isn't all it's cracked up to be. Life's hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: Nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn't respect you, and you're stuck in a dilapidated hovel in North London with too many siblings and not enough hot water.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book :)

  • By Sheila on 23-11-08

The very definition of derivative

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

I had such high hopes for this book, but quite frankly it was boring, tried to shock but it fell flat and just seemed like a rehash and jumble of other books.

Very disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Bloom

  • By: C. J. Skuse
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé, Craig, for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free. Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex-lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws' garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Expectations just too high

  • By Pootle_around on 15-08-18

A nice follow up novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

I loved Sweetpea which I read when it first came out, the first book in this series and found the main character Rhiannon amusing and terrifying all at the same time, so I had been looking forward to a sequel. As sequels go this is a rather good one, there are points in the middle where the story felt a bit slow and I definitely thing there the author could have raised her game a bit because there was no way the second novel was going to have the same shock factor as the first purely because it was the first. I did enjoy this book, I just wish it had been.... more.

An enjoyable listen, and the narrator does a fantastic job, I would recommend but I do feel that maybe I was hoping for a little bit more in the second book.

  • Night Shift

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Welcome to the most intriguing mystery you'll read this year. Welcome to Midnight, Texas. From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels - 'the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed' - comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day.... At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves - only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More midnight fun

  • By Robyn on 08-08-16

Simply Fantastic - You will not be disappointed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-18

Charlaine Harris has done it again, and proven that she is certainly no one trick pony with the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The Midnight books had a lovely feel to them and the stories and characters are engaging and likable.

Special mention needs to go to Susan Bennett, she is easily my favorite narrator and does a wonderful job on these books.